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St Colman's High & Sixth Form College, Ballynahinch

Children’s Care Learning and Development

Examination Board: City and Guilds 

Specification:  Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Care Learning and Development (CCLD)

Why study Children’s Care?

The Level 3 Diploma prepares you to work with children and young people in a supervisory role in a range of settings, including schools, nurseries, and day care. Working in Early Years can provide a satisfying and flexible career that is centred on meeting the social, emotional and educational needs of Children and Young People.

What will I learn about?

Whilst completing this qualification you will develop your knowledge and understanding about children and young people across the 0 – 19 age range. Your core areas are:

  • Communication
  • Health & Safety
  • Child Development
  • Equality & Diversity
  • Working in Partnership
  • Safeguarding Children & Young People
  • Reflecting on Practice and Personal Development.

How will I be assessed?

Practical work and experience is an integral part of the course and you will be required to complete a minimum of 2 days per week in a childcare setting with the remainder of the week in school. You will produce a portfolio of evidence for 20 Units, (16 mandatory and 4 optional), which will include, assessor reports of observed practice, assignments, reflective practice accounts and independent research.

Pathways to future careers/courses On successful completion of Level 3 you can move directly to employment as a Classroom Assistant in a Primary School, Nursery Nurse, Day Care Practitioner or progress to Foundation Degree in Early Years.

Entry requirements

  1. Students must be aged 16-18 years old.
  2. Students must have either GCSE English and Maths or Level 2 Essential Skills in Literacy and Numeracy. In certain circumstances consideration may be given to Students who are in a position to achieve L2 Literacy and L2 Numeracy in the first year of the course.
  3. Students seeking admission to Level 3 must have a satisfactory disciplinary record, good attendance and punctuality.
  4. Students transferring to St Colman’s High and Sixth Form College must present a copy of their most recent Year 12 Report.